TZD Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award was established to recognize students who display leadership and excellence in increasing traffic safety awareness. Recipients have demonstrated creativity, vision, leadership, and organizational skills, as well as the ability to successfully motivate and influence their peers in efforts to move toward zero deaths on Minnesota roads. This award is not necessarily given each year.

2023 Nominations

We are currently accepting nominations for the 2023 Emerging Leader Award. Submissions are due Thursday, June 29, 2023, by 5:00 p.m. CDT.

Winners will be notified in late August 2023, and the awards will be presented at the 2023 TZD Conference on November 14–15 in Rochester.

Submit a nomination

Nomination Guidelines

  • Nominees must be individuals or teams of individuals. Organizations cannot be nominated.
  • Nominees must be from the state of Minnesota.
  • You may submit more than one nomination.
  • Nominations should be based on work on a specific action or initiative.


View a list of recipients of the Emerging Leader Award.

More Information

With questions about the awards or the online submission process, please contact Linda Dolan at or 612-625-4533.